believer review

Believer has all the hallmarks of what you’d expect from a drug crime movie: a femme fatale, an untrustworthy ally, multiple severed limbs, and even more gut-churning twists. And while Believer somewhat subscribes to the character types and recognizable tropes of the genre, the twists feel fresh enough and the tangled webs of drug world conspiracies are riveting enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Director Lee Hae-young‘s remake of the Johnnie To film Drug War transports the story from Hong Kong to South Korea, giving To’s gritty crime thriller a sleek and moody makeover that alternates between fits of cartoonish violence and moments of poignant contemplation. But while the basic beats of To’s 2012 film are there, Lee takes Believer to another level of brutal introspection — which sometimes works.

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believer clip

If you could believe it, the No. 1 reigning movie at the South Korean box office right now is not Solo: A Star Wars Story, but a homegrown crime thriller called Believer. That’s right, Lee Hae-young‘s taut and brutal remake of Johnnie To’s gritty Hong Kong crime epic Drug War has currently blasted Solo right out of the top spot — and now it’s coming to the U.S.

Ahead of Believer‘s stateside release this weekend, we’re debuting an exclusive Believer clip featuring a drug deal gone wrong.

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trailer round-up damsel

You wan’t trailers? You’ve got trailers, baby. Here’s a movie trailer round-up featuring the latest coming attractions you may have missed. And if you didn’t miss them, just pretend you did and watch them anyway. Please, humor me. Below you’ll see trailers for the Uma Thurman film Down A Dark Hall, the documentary The King, the YouTube original Dallas and Robo, the HBO doc John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls, the Robert Pattinson flick Damsel, the Imagine Dragons documentary Believer, the new series Strange Angel, and the animated film Fireworks.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try and get past the velvet rope, speak out about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ community, watch Armie Hammer shill, survive a disaster to battle another day on the pitch, hit the Irish waves, and try and find our place in the world after being booted out of it. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we take flight with Michael Jordan, are given less than a day to pay back a loan shark, daydream about making it big, mix business with pleasure, and watch a good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up. Read More »

movies sold at sundance

As the first major film festival of the year, Sundance is ground zero for distributors discovering some of the gems that will populate film release schedules throughout the rest of the year. Here is our list of movies sold at Sundance 2018 so far, which should be coming to theaters, VOD, and streaming services in the near future.

In this update: The Sentence, The Tale, and Sorry to Bother You.

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